ASPCA director to give free public lecture at AVC about issues affecting free-roaming cats

Dr. Margaret Slater of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) will give a free public lecture called “Free-roaming cats: Issues and new Ideas for (their) survival” at the Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI, on Tuesday, March 20, from 7-9 p.m. in Lecture Theatre A.

Dr. Slater will discuss TNR programs (trap, neuter and release), population dynamics, targeted spay/neuter programs and the lack of good data on changing people’s cat-keeping approaches.

Dr. Slater is Senior Director of Veterinary Epidemiology with the ASPCA, providing epidemiological and statistical support for staff across the organization, with emphasis on animal shelter focused research. A veterinarian and epidemiologist, she has worked in private practice and as a professor of epidemiology at Texas A&M University. Her focus has been on health and disease in companion animals, including research on chronic diseases, questionnaire evaluation and pet overpopulation. She is internationally recognized for her work on the sources, problems and potential solutions for free-roaming cats and dogs. Dr. Slater has authored over 85 peer-reviewed publications and two books.

During her visit to AVC, Dr. Slater will also give a presentation called “Saving cats’ lives in animal shelters through data driven programs” to AVC faculty and students. She will discuss research on identification, adoption programs, and “how do you tell if a cat is feral or just frightened?” And she will meet with members of the Centre for Veterinary Epidemiological Research (CVER) at UPEI and with the PEI Humane Society.

Dr. Slater’s visit is sponsored by UPEI’s Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre, the AVC Animal Welfare Club (with support of the Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada), CVER, and the PEI Humane Society.

For more information, please contact Dr. Alice Crook, Coordinator, Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre, at (902) 628-4360.